The parliamentary caucus of ethnic minorities decided unanimously on Tuesday to support the motion by the ruling HDZ party for the impeachment of Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, Hungarian minority MP Sandor Juhas confirmed on Wednesday.
The caucus, which consists of five minority MPs, was to have met on Wednesday but convened on Tuesday evening instead.
"The situation is changing, we met yesterday and agreed on... how to proceed. We will vote no confidence in PM Oreskovic. That will be the first move, after which we will see how the situation develops," said Juhas.
Asked if the caucus was willing to support Zdravko Maric as PM-designate, Juhas said that ethnic minorities wanted to be a guarantee of the government's stability but that this did not mean that they wanted to cooperate with the HDZ-led Patriotic Coalition.
"We believe, and I personally believe, that ethnic minorities should be a guarantee of stability of the current government. That does not mean that we should be a part of that government but rather that we should be a stabilising factor for something that has been formed," he said.
Asked what minority MPs would do if their votes turned out to be crucial for the formation of the new government or an early election, he said: "We'll see how the situation develops. We have discussed the need to respect the will of the public and a vast majority of the public is in favour of an early election."
Juhas would not comment on the announcement that HDZ leader Tomislav Karamarko would step down as First Deputy PM, saying only that it was a matter to be dealt with by the HDZ and its partner in the government, the Bridge party.